Write a Good Short Story

Would you like to be able to write a good short story? Do you want to get some writing experience to build your confidence before you attempt that novel? Do you have ideas for fictional stories or memories of real events and wish you could turn them into engaging pieces of creative writing?

Have you tried to write stories but the words won’t come out right? Or you start off well but run out of steam in the middle of the story? Perhaps you find yourself going off on tangents and you lose the thread of the story?

It could be that you’d like to gain the courage to join a writers’ group and be confident that you have something worth sharing. Or maybe you want to make a positive difference to your blogging, or use storytelling better in your public speaking.

Writing Short Stories that Work

This short online course, Short Story That Works, teaches you the fundamentals of writing a short story that… well… works! In three easy stages, I’ll help you learn the shape of a great story and practical ways to get the words out of your head and on to the page.

  • I’ll take you through the way to create a punchy story beginning and a believable character
  • I’ll help you keep the middle of your story going. This is where most stories go wrong but with an understanding of how to keep the action building, you can keep on the right path.
  • I’ll help you leave your audience with a clear message at the end of the story. You’ll be able to convey the point of the story with real impact, without seeming to dictate a high-handed moral.

This course is almost certainly not what you learned at school
about writing a story!

Story writing in school is often about achieving certain criteria on an examiner’s markscheme. As an ex-teacher, I should know. In the world of real readers and writers, that’s not going to sell a book or gain an audience.

But that’s not all…

You don’t only get access to the course materials. Short Short That Works also gives you the opportunity to receive personalised feedback on a short story you’ve written (up to 1000 words) after going through the course. The feedback will help you identify what you are doing well in your story writing, areas you can develop, and what the best way forward is for you and your writing.

Taking part in the Short Story That Works course is a fantastic way to get your writing journey off to the right start.

You’ll become equipped to create a good short story and gain the confidence to start experimenting more. You’ll be in a position to develop your skills and choose where you want to go with your storytelling… you may yearn to become a novelist… or a short story specialist… or a top fan fiction writer… or an inspirational expert in your field based on your own experiences.

Write your short story

Whatever your story writing journey, this is your first step along it.

Plot or Character First?

Deciding whether to create a plot or a character first can be a challenge. Writing fiction can feel like going around in circles, constantly changing your mind about which element to focus on – plot or character.
There’s a short answer and a long answer.

How to Write a Story that Will Make Someone Cry

Many writers wish they knew how to write a story that will make someone cry. They want to know how to make their readers feel such strong emotion that they sob while reading about fictional characters. Many such writers get part of the answer on their own: they understand that to make people cry they need to have characters in their stories who feel strong emotions themselves.

Children’s Author Claire Fayers joins me on Clubhouse

Claire Fayers will be joining me on Clubhouse for a discussion and Q&A on 23rd September 2021 at 8pm (UK time). This is an exciting opportunity to listen to a traditionally published author give her experiences of being a writer of children’s books – and maybe even ask your own question!